JCSU Falls at Lees-McRae, 70-66

Lees-McRae Takes 70-66 Win Over JCSU

Banner Elk, N.C. (Nov. 22, 2016) –
Despite getting 18 second half points from senior Christian Williams, Lees-McRae took a 70-66 win over the Johnson C. Smith University men's basketball team at Williams Gym in Banner Elk, N.C. on Tuesday night.

The Golden Bulls sped out to an impressive 18-8 lead after Christian Kirchman (Roanoke, Va.) canned a jumper at the 9:45 mark. Lees-McRae then started to chip away the JCSU lead, trimming it to six points at 20-14 before a jumper from Gabon Williams (Charlotte, N.C.) made it 22-14 with 7:37 remaining in the first half.

The Bobcats then went on a 16-6 run over a span of 3:19 to storm back to take their first lead of the game at 30-28 when Jordan Turner canned the second of three straight three pointers for the Bobcats.

JCSU would regain the lead at 31-30 after a Williams three-pointer, but Lees-McRae's Jordan Turner buried a three of his own to regain the 33-31 lead. A free throw by Robert Davis (West Friendship, Md) and a basket from LMC's Donte Falls provided the 35-32 Bobcat lead at the half.

In the second half, the Bobcats were able to build the lead to as many as 11 points on two separate occasions, with the latter being at the 8:37 mark after a Darius Malbon jumper. The Golden Bulls fought back to within 61-60 after two Davis free throws. Christian Williams (Chesapeake, Va.) then put the Golden Bulls up with a layup with 4:35 to play. The lead would go back-and-forth until a layup from Turner put the Bobcats up for good. Turner would bury his fifth three-pointer of the game with 1:06 left to go ahead 68-64. Williams would then draw the Golden Bulls to within 68-66 with 34 second to play but Jonathan Honroe would get the shot to go with 20 seconds left and JCSU could not pull any closer, falling 70-66.

Christian Williams led all JCSU scorers with 20 points while pulling down 15 rebounds. Gabon Williams was the only other Golden Bull in double figures, scoring 12 in the loss.

Lees-McRae hit nine three pointers on the night, with Jordan Turner accounting for five from distance, finishing with a game-high 21 points.  Teammates Donte Falls and Chad Hicks had 11 and 10 points, respectively.

The loss drops JCSU to 2-3 on the year while LMC gets their first win of the season, improving to 1-5 overall.

The Golden Bulls will return to Brayboy Gym on Saturday, Nov. 26 to take on local rival Queens in a 5:00 p.m. matchup